Dylan Schifrin is in 12th grade at Harvard-Westlake School and is a playwright, musician, and composer. He will be attending Yale University in the fall. Dylan is a singer and studies classical and jazz piano at Piano Play Music Systems, and he has completed the Certificate of Merit program with honors. Dylan has written many styles of music. His original choral composition “Itur Ad Astra” was performed by the Harvard-Westlake Jazz Singers in the spring of 2016. He has also written music for his jazz combos at Harvard-Westlake. Dylan’s plays The Soul Doctor, The Exceptional Childhood Center, and Gwendolyn have been performed in the Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival. Both The Exceptional Childhood Center and Gwendolyn were finalists in the Blank Theater’s Young Playwrights Festival in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and were/will be given professional productions in Hollywood. The Exceptional Childhood Center was also published by YouthPLAYS, a company dedicated to sharing the voices of young playwrights. Dylan has additionally turned The Exceptional Childhood Center into a musical with six original songs, and has won an ASCAP/Dreamworks scholarship for collaborating on a short musical at the Wallis Annenberg Theater. Dylan’s play Gwendolyn is based on a comedic short story he wrote in August of 2015 that won second place in BJ Novak’s High School Humor Challenge, a nationwide competition through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Nationally recognized for his writing ability, Dylan was selected as a YoungArts finalist in creative writing and attended YoungArts Week in Miami in January 2016. He was also selected as one of the Top Ten Teens in the San Fernando Valley by Ventura Boulevard magazine. No matter what he goes on to do in this crazy world of ours, Dylan will always treasure music and creative writing as invaluable passions of his.